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Today's News

  • First lady to help start up reading foundation

    Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam will be the keynote speaker for the kick-off luncheon for The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

    The foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping parents understand how important it is to read to and with their young children daily.

    The luncheon kickoff will begin at 11:30 a.m. July 21 in the student lounge of Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Christopher A. Washam

    U.S. Army Pvt. Christopher A. Washam recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    Son of James and Lisa Washam of Kingston, he is a 2008 graduate of Roane County High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 22

    25 Years Ago
    The unemployment rate in Roane County dipped 0.5 percent in April to 7.2 percent. The state’s estimated jobless rate also dropped 0.5 percent to 7.8 percent, the lowest April rate since 1980.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Eggplants are stars of Mediterranean market

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Vegetable gardens can be exciting to watch and tend while we look forward to future edible products as the great reward.

    They can be even more interesting when you consider the history of some of our everyday foods. Take eggplants, for instance.

    The people of the eastern Mediterranean regions eat lots of vegetables. They are especially fond of the so-called “fruit vegetables” — eggplant, zucchini and cucumbers.

  • A good city manager well worth the money

    During the weeks leading up to the most recent election, Harriman mayoral and city council candidates were asked their thoughts on having a  city manager.
    It is an issue that has long been debated in the town, but one whose time has come.
    Harriman has, in recent years, taken a step forward with a city coordinator.
    We believe more progress can be made when it advances to a full city manager — provided the city hires the right person.

  • Impressions by Johnny Teglas: Careful food handlers won’t need iron stomach

    Iron stomachs.
    Some folks have them. Some don’t.
    The fellow sitting in this chair is one of the latter.
    I think it has to do with the fact that when I was a child, carsickness came easy for me.
    I often had to ask my parents to stop so my head would quit spinning.
    It’s also well documented that when I get near water, moving or still, my ruddy face turns green.

  • Humor helps when Kingston vice mayor says her goodbyes

    Last week was an emotional time for Kingston Vice Mayor Teresa Nichols.
    After choosing not to run for re-election, her final council meeting was Tuesday night.
    Nichols, who emerged as something as a peacemaker when conflicts arose on the council, expressed her fondness for her fellow city council members and city employees.
    “Guys, it has been a pleasure working with each of you,” she said at the start of the meeting.
    She recalled her earliest days on the council.

  • Princess marquee gets grant help

    The Princess Theater Restoration Committee accepted a $2,500 grant to help pay for the replacement of the theater’s marquee last month.
    The grant was the first Knox Heritage announced from its Save Our Signs program. 

  • TVA smart phone app provides information on lake conditions

    A new smart phone application from TVA provides real time information about TVA lakes.   
    The app, initially available to iPhone users, offers lake elevations, water release schedules, yearly operating guides and Google-based maps.
    Available for free at the iPhone App Store, the app gives lake enthusiasts access to TVA reservoir information from anywhere using Wi-Fi or the user’s cellular network. The app will also work on the iPod Touch and the iPad.

  • Rockwood fire